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Vancouver – Photo Tip

Don’t portray an event, portray what it stands for

Photo by George Rose

Vancouver – Photo Tip Don’t portray an event, portray what it stands for

I’ve been carrying on a not-so-secret love affair for the past seven years.  Rather than spending the 4th of July here at home in California,  I’ve been traveling due north 900 miles to celebrate a different kind of Independence Day.

George Rose
George Rose

Canada Day is a national day of celebration honoring the British North America Act. This day — July 1 — is designated to honor an 1867 decision by two British colonies and a province of Great Britain to decree that they become one new country — Canada.

Canada has become a true melting pot of the global village. With a growing Asian and Muslim population, and despite occasional political dysfunction, Canada’s importance on the global stage continues to rise.

As a photo journalist I wasn't just interested in great photos of Canada Day, but also in portraying Canadian society in some way - doing it justice if you like. I kept an eye open for these extra layers of meaning that sometimes present themselves in symbols or colors, in anything really.

The opportunity came when I saw this small group of young women who weren't any different than any other group of friends, except for their veils.

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Three patriotic women celebrate July 1 – Canada Day – in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian holiday is similar to the July 4 celebration in the United States, complete with flag-waving, parades and fireworks. Photo by George Rose / Getty Images

George Rose

George Rose

Canon EOS 5D

Agency
Getty Images
Aperture
ƒ/7.1
Exposure
1/400
ISO
100
Focal
120 mm

Three patriotic women celebrate July 1 – Canada Day – in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian holiday is similar to the July 4 celebration in the United States, complete with flag-waving, parades and fireworks.

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